Top Ten Tuesday: Why Did I Think I Wouldn’t Like That Book?

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would. I’m going with More.


1. The lace reader
brunonia barry

The blurb does not do this book justice. If you like stories with unreliable narrators, you need to read this one!

2. six of crows
leigh bardugo

GASP! I know, I know. I’m not a fantasy reader, so I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it. It’s epic!

3. the understatement of the year
sarina bowen

This was my first M/M romance and I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it. I totally did!

4. we are the ants
shaun david hutchinson

I’m not a big science fiction fan and aliens are on the top of my dislike list (You can blame my mother-in-law’s obsession with them.), so I was a little hesitant to read this. It’s amazing, though; I’m glad I did.

5. the girl with all the gifts
m.r. carey

Yet another science fiction novel, but with Zombies, that I thought I wouldn’t like and did.

6. slammed
colleen hoover

I love CoHo, but I’m not a fan of student-teacher relationships. I thought I would hate it, but I loved it. Oh, the power of CoHo.

7. a different blue
amy harmon

Repeat the last comment about Slammed and change Colleen Hoover’s name to Amy Harmon. This lady is brilliantly talented.

8. nine minutes
beth flynn

When I first read the blurb, I was like “No thank you.” I’m so happy my friends talked me into reading this psychological thriller though. It’s one of the best.

9. the fault in our stars
john green

I have a really hard time reading a book about dying kids. I have a daughter and I just don’t like to think of it. I’m happy I took a chance and read this one, though. I’m a fan.

10. where the road takes me
jay mclean

I had Where the Road Takes Me on my Kindle for over a year before I read it. I had read a poor review of it and decided to put off reading it. Then, I ended up reading her book More Than This and loved it. After reading that entire series and Kick Push, I went back and read this. I’m so happy I did!

Review: Lauren by Leigh James

Lauren
Series: Silicon Valley Billionaires, #1
Author: Leigh James
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Publisher: Jack’s House Publishing, LLC
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Contemporary
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Two Headstrong, Driven CEOs. One Undeniable, Scorching Attraction.

Being a scientist gives Lauren Taylor a purpose in life. At twenty-five, she’s the CEO of a billion-dollar biomedical company, Paragon Laboratories. On the brink of a major discovery, Lauren lets nothing interfere with her work. Until she meets Gabriel Betts, the gorgeous and brilliant CEO of another Silicon Valley startup, and is forced to face her inconvenient and overwhelming attraction to him.

Billionaire Gabriel Betts is a successful scientist in his own right. He’s made his way in the world by being an early adopter and never losing focus. Captivated by Lauren’s brilliance and unselfconscious beauty, he’s determined to win the reclusive female CEO over at any cost.

But what neither Gabe nor Lauren are prepared for is the white-collar danger that’s lurking in Silicon Valley… The danger that threatens not only their companies, but their very existence.

* This is an update to the previously released High Interest and contains significant edits.


I’m not sure if it’s the mood I’ve been in lately or what, but romantic suspense novels haven’t really been my thing. Unless they’re super fast-paced and have a storyline that really pulls me in, they all end just being okay.

I had that experience with Lauren. It was fast-paced and eventful, but I wasn’t into the danger Lauren faced. I felt like it was lacking a little suspense. I’m not sure if that was because I knew how smart Lauren was supposed to be and could get herself out of a jam, or if I just didn’t fall for the storyline.

I didn’t connect well with Lauren. She was immature, and all I could blame it on was her devotion to her job at such a young age. While I really love the idea of a brilliantly smart woman CEO as a main character, I didn’t like that Lauren had to be reclusive. Her inexperience with people and the way she communicated was unattractive. I wasn’t sure what, besides her looks, held Gabe’s interest.

Gabe was your typical alpha male. He took charge from the minute he met Lauren. Gabe forced her to believe in him and give him her trust. That worked well for them as a couple, and brought out a sexy side I wasn’t quite expecting from Lauren.

This review sounds a bit negative, but overall it was a good read. I just wasn’t as into the storyline as I could have been. I think a lot of romantic suspense readers will probably really enjoy Lauren. It just wasn’t for me.

Review: All The Ways You Saved Me by Jamie Howard

All The Ways You Saved Me
Series: Unplugged Love, #1
Author: Jamie Howard
Publication Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Swerve
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Bianca Easton is the perfect senator’s daughter.

Law school? Check.

Camera-ready smile? Check.

A dull and boring existence? Double check.

But that was before. Before she lost her best and only friend in a tragic accident. Before she found that friend’s unfinished bucket list. Definitely before she turned her life upside-down by deciding to stay in New York for six months to finish it.

It’s while she’s checking off her first item on the list–buy coffee for a stranger–that she meets Ian Mathis. Between the tattoo sleeve curling up his right arm, his guitar-roughened fingertips, and the secrets shadowing his past, he’s a complication Bianca doesn’t need but desperately wants.

With every item they cross off the list together, Bianca uncovers a piece of herself that she’s buried under what’s expected, all the while breaking her own rules by falling hard for Ian. But when her six months run out, Bianca has to decide if she’s willing to risk her empty but picture-perfect life for a chance at real, messy love.


So I recently joined the Jamie Howard fan club. Earlier this month I read The Feeling of Forever and absolutely loved her writing style and the characters she had created. I knew I had to go back and read All The Ways You Saved Me, the first book in the series. I was going to wait a bit to knock off some of the books on my TBR list, but Cristina happened to mention it had an “Ugly Love” feel to it and I was sold. I immediately downloaded it and dug in.

All The Ways You Saved Me consumed me from the minute I began reading it. I was so engrossed with the story that I put off stuff I should have been doing to read it. I loved everything about it. It was told through Bianca’s current day first person perspective and Ian’s past perspective. I loved the way Ian’s past was woven through Bianca’s current thoughts. It added so much impact to their story.

Bianca was like so many young women, struggling for perfection and prove herself. I felt horrible that she had to find herself through her best friend’s death, but I loved the journey it sent her on. I especially loved that it brought Ian into her life. Their initial meeting was so cool. Where things went from their was even cooler.

Ian’s inner struggle broke my heart. While it took a while for his past to unravel for the reader, I knew it was going to be something tragic. I really enjoyed the way it was divulged in bits and pieces. I also loved learning more about his current life through Bianca’s eye. My favorite part of his perspective happened at the end in present day, though. It reminded me that what we think people are going through or thinking in a moment with them isn’t always what’s truly happening in their mind.

I’m so happy I decided to read All the Ways You Saved Me. It’s made me want to read the rest of Jamie Howard’s books that I haven’t read yet, and it’s making me crave the next books in the Unplugged Love series. I can’t wait for Gavin, Rachel and Ben’s stories!

Review: The Baller by Vi Keeland

The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel
Author: Vi Keeland
Publication Date: January 18, 2016
Publisher: Vi Keeland
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

The first time I met Brody Easton was in the men’s locker room.
It was my first interview as a professional sportscaster.
The famed quarterback decided to bare all.
And by all, I don’t mean he told me any of his secrets.
No. The arrogant ass decided to drop his towel, just as I asked the first question. On camera.
The Super Bowl MVP quickly adopted a new hobby—screwing with me.
When I pushed back, he shifted from wanting to screw with me, to wanting to screw me.
But I don’t date players.
And it’s not because I’m one of the few women working in the world of professional football.
I’d date an athlete.
It’s the other kind of player I don’t date.
You know the type. Good looking, strong, cocky, always looking to get laid.

Brody Easton was the ultimate player.
Every woman wanted to be the one to change him.
But the truth was, all he needed was a girl worth changing for.
Turned out, I was that girl.
Simple right?
Let’s face it. It never is.
There’s a story between once upon a time and happily ever after
And this one is ours.


A couple of weeks ago I read my first novel by Vi Keeland. I was so impressed by her writing. She had a way of combining witty dialog, touching back stories and incredible characters to create a memorable book. I was happy to find that The Baller combined all of these things, too.

The Baller was a fun book to read. I loved the sexual tension that was apparent between Delilah and Brody from the very beginning. They had an immediate chemistry that I wanted to pull them together, despite the digs they took at each other. I could tell from their first volatile interaction that their relationship would be filled with intense passion. Brody had that cocky, foul-mouthed athlete thing going for him. Delilah was more a straight-laced young woman trying to sustain her dream job. I loved how Delilah could keep up with Brody and give back what he gave. Their banter was utterly sexy and witty. I absolutely loved how they fell for each other.

The only thing that would have made The Baller better was more drama. I was surprised the lack of drama in this book, especially at the climax. The entire second half was filled with angst, but the amount of drama never reached the height of the amount of angst. I was on the edge of my seat waiting for something dramatic to happen, but it never did. It was a little bit of a let down. I wanted that big, explosive moment between the characters.

Despite the lacking drama, I truly enjoyed reading The Baller. I loved all of the little secrets and surprised that revealed themselves throughout the book. Brody and Delilah’s relationship may have started out based on sexual attraction, but there was a sweetness to it that I adored. The Baller is a book sports romance enthusiasts will enjoy reading.

Review: Off Campus by Amy Jo Cousins

Off Campus
Series: Bend or Break, #1
Author: Amy Jo Cousins
Publication Date: December 30, 2014
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, LGBT+

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Everyone’s got secrets. Some are just harder to hide.

With his father’s ponzi scheme assets frozen, Tom Worthington believes finishing college is impossible unless he can pay his own way. After months sleeping in his car and gypsy-cabbing for cash, he’s ready to do just that.

But his new, older-student housing comes with an unapologetically gay roommate. Tom doesn’t ask why Reese Anders has been separated from the rest of the student population. He’s just happy to be sleeping in a bed.

Reese isn’t about to share his brutal story with his gruff new roommate. You’ve seen one homophobic jock, you’ve seen ’em all. He plans to drag every twink on campus into his bed until Tom moves out. But soon it becomes clear Tom isn’t budging.

Tom isn’t going to let some late-night sex noise scare him off, especially when it’s turning him on. But he doesn’t want any drama either. He’ll keep his hands, if not his eyes, to himself. Boundaries have a way of blurring when you start sharing truths, though. And if Tom and Reese cross too many lines, they may need to find out just how far they can bend…before they break.

Warning: This book contains cranky roommates who vacillate between lashing out and licking, some male/male voyeurism, emotional baggage that neither guy wants to unpack, and the definitive proof that sound carries in college housing.


To be honest, I’m not sure how to explain how I feel about Off Campus. I enjoyed reading it, but there were some things that bugged me a bit. I think in order to simplify this review, I’m going to give you a list of likes and dislikes.

What I liked:

  • Tom’s simple way of describing his attraction to both male and females.
  • Tom’s confusion on his relationship with Reese, and what he went through to come to terms with the changes in his life.
  • Tom’s support of Reese, and the tenderness he showed him.
  • The way Reese stood up for what he needed.
  • Tom and Reese’s connection.
  • Reese’s dad. I loved that guy so much!
  • Cash. Another guy I loved so much.
  • The way Tom and Reese figured things out and the ending.

What I wasn’t super fond of:

  • The third person narration. It kept me from completely connecting with the characters.
  • The games Reese played at the beginning. I understood the reasoning behind what he did, but it did kind of make me wonder why Tom was eager to jump into something with him.
  • It felt like there was almost more sex than story at times. And while I like sex in my books, I’m not a huge fan of reading about one of the main characters with other people.
  • Jack. I don’t know why I wasn’t a fan of his part of this story. It just seemed like extra stuff the story didn’t necessarily need.

So, obviously, the good outweighs the not so good in Off Campus. I thought it was a great story exploring sexuality and how the pressure to “come out” can be completely overwhelming for a person. It wasn’t the best M/M romance I’ve read, but it’s a good one. I enjoyed it, and I will hopefully continue reading this series at some point.

Review: Sweet Soul by Tillie Cole

Sweet Soul
Series: Sweet Home, #4
Author: Tillie Cole
Publication Date: December 14, 2015
Publisher: Tillie Cole Ltd
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

One shy lost soul.
One silent lonely heart.
One love to save them both.

Life has never been easy for twenty-year-old Levi Carillo. The youngest of the Carillo boys, Levi is nothing like his older brothers. He isn’t dark in looks or intimidating to everyone he meets. In fact, he’s quite the opposite. Haunted by a crippling shyness and the tragic events of his past, Levi spends his days with his head buried in his books, or training hard for his college football team. Too timid to talk to girls, Levi stays as far away as possible and completely on his own… until he saves the life of a troubled pretty blonde, a troubled pretty blonde that might just be the exception to his rule.

Elsie Hall is homeless. Or at least that’s all anyone ever sees. Everyday is a fight for survival on the cold streets of Seattle, everyday a struggle to find food and keep warm. Alone in life—a life that’s dangerous and cruel—her will to keep going is an ever-losing battle. In her world of silence, Elsie has given up hope that her life will contain anything but constant struggle and pain… until the beautiful boy she has severely wronged comes to her rescue at precisely the right time.

New Adult novel—contains sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up.


I’m so happy that Sweet Hope was not the end of the Sweet Home series, and that little Levi Carillo got his own story. His life throughout the series took some drastic turns. I was excited to get to know his feelings about his past, and who he was to become as an adult. Sweet Soul shed light on what a great guy he was. I was so impressed with his character.

Even though I knew going into reading that Elsie was homeless, I had no idea what her path to homelessness was. Her story was so sad. It made me so happy that she and Levi found each other.

Sweet Soul was such an emotional story. Both Levi and Elsie had been through hell in their young lives. Their stories were different, but the darkness of their pasts gave them an immediate, intense connection. I could understand their how they fell for each other so quickly. They saw themselves in each other. Their relationship was really beautiful. I loved the inner strength they gave each other.

The only tiny complaint I have about Sweet Soul involves the climax and what happens after. There’s a party involved, and I would have liked to have known what happened between Levi, Elsie and his friends after it. There wasn’t really a resolution to what happened. There was an emotional resolution for Levi and Elsie, but I also wanted one for what happened.

I’m really sad my binge read of the Sweet Home series is finished now that I’ve read Sweet Soul. I’ve loved this series so much. At least I have the rest of Tillie Cole’s books to read. I think a binge read of her other series will be in the near future.

Review: Sweet Hope by Tillie Cole

Sweet Hope
Series: Sweet Home, #3
Author: Tillie Cole
Publication Date: March 28, 2015
Publisher: Tillie Cole Ltd
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

My name is Ally Prince and I’ve always been unlucky in love. I don’t know why, I just always… have.

When all of my best friends were falling for their soul mates in College, I was left behind. I was Ally, the pretty cousin of superstar quarterback, Romeo Prince. I was Ally, the best friend to the most amazing group of girls I’ve ever known—a title I loved, but one I became tired of ‘just’ being. And I was Ally, the one on which they could all rely.

But to me, I was Ally, the girl with the heart no one had claimed… And I was, Ally, the girl, who underneath it all, was heart-breakingly lonely.

I LOVE love; the thought of it, the nervous excitement of falling for Mr. Right, the desire of someone becoming my entire world… of me becoming theirs. I’ve always wanted passion, heart-stopping, epic, life-changing romance… I’ve always wanted the fairytale… I’ve always wanted it all.

It just never seemed like I would get it.

For the past few years I’ve thrown myself into my career as a museum curator. I’m the best of the best, the person every museum wants to hire, so when an opportunity came up to move to Seattle, I jumped at the chance. My cousin and my best friend lived in Seattle and I needed a change.

I needed a new beginning.

I wasn’t expecting to meet anyone in the Emerald City. I wasn’t expecting to work closely with the reclusive new sculptor my all-important gallery design was centered around. And I certainly wasn’t expecting to fall for him… heart-stopping, epic, life-changing love…
My real life fairytale come true.

But, like in every fairytale, there’s a villain, a dark and tortured soul… I just didn’t know that the villain and the hero in my story would end up being one and the same.

New Adult Romance Novel—contains adult content, sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up.


With each book I read in the Sweet Home series, the more impressed with Tillie Cole’s writing I become. Each ones gets a little deeper and darker in theme, and pulls me in more and more. Each new book also becomes my favorite in the series.

Sweet Hope was a little different from the first two books in the series. It gave the reader a change of time and scenery. The story no longer took place in college, but in the characters’ late 20’s. Instead of Alabama, Sweet Hope was set in Seattle. Personally, I loved that change. This Washingtonian could picture the setting in her head.

Another thing I loved about this book was the main characters. I really enjoyed getting to know Ally better in Sweet Hope. She was always the happy, bubbly sorority girl in the previous books. I never would have guessed the depth of her character. It was fun to see another side of her.

I know this book has been out for a while, but I still don’t want to give away Ally’s love interest. I hadn’t read any of the reviews and I was pleasantly shocked. All I’m going to say is that he’s a tortured soul who doesn’t believe he deserves redemption. His darkness was the perfect contrast to Ally’s light. The intensity of their relationship could have set off fireworks. I absolutely loved them together.

I can’t leave out that I loved catching up with all of the characters from the previous book, too. It was fun to see where all of them had ended up, and how they were doing. I was surprised to find myself falling deeper in love with Austin (Sweet Fall) in this one.

I don’t want to give anything else about this story away. I’ll just say it’s quickly become my favorite of the series. It’s definitely one you should experience yourself — just make sure you read the first two books in the series first. You don’t want to miss out anything this series has to offer. It’s pretty dang amazing!

Review: Sweet Fall by Tillie Cole

Sweet Fall
Series: Sweet Home, #2
Author: Tillie Cole
Publication Date: August 25, 2014
Publisher: Tillie Cole LLC
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From the USA Today Best Selling Sweet Home Series, comes Sweet Fall; a tale of heartache, beating the odds and finding strength in the most unlikeliest of places.

We all have secrets.

Secrets well buried.

Until we find the one soul who makes the burden of such secrets just that little bit easier to bear.

Lexington “Lexi” Hart is a senior at the University of Alabama. Surrounded by her best friends, her loving family and having fulfilled her life-long dream of making the Crimson Tide cheer squad, everything is going exactly as she always dreamed it would. But beneath her happy exterior, demons lurk, threatening to jeopardize everything Lexi has worked to achieve. When events in her life become too much to cope with, Lexi finds herself spiraling down into the realm of her biggest fear. Lexi falls hard, victim once again to the only thing that can destroy her and, on the way, finds herself falling straight into the dangerous tattooed arms of a guy from the wrong side of the tracks.

Austin Carillo, starting Wide Receiver for the Alabama Crimson Tide, must get picked in this year’s NFL draft. He needs it. His brothers need it. Most importantly, his mother desperately needs it. Brought up in a world where the poor are forgotten, the sick are left to fend for themselves and no hero miraculously appears to pull you out of hell, Austin had no other choice but to make a living on the wrong side of the law—until football offered Austin the break to get his life back on track. But when a family tragedy drags him back into the clutches of the gang he believed he had left far behind, Austin finds himself falling. Falling back into criminal ways and falling deep into a suffocating darkness. Until a troubled yet kindred spirit stumbles across his path, where Austin quickly finds he is falling for a young woman, a young woman who might just have the power to save him from his worst enemy: himself.

Can two troubled souls find a lasting peace together? Or will they finally succumb to the demons threatening to destroy them?

New Adult/Contemporary Romance novel—contains adult content, sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up.

Can be read as a stand-alone novel.


I was not expecting Sweet Fall to be the book it was after reading Sweet HomeSweet Home was an entertaining sports romance filled with over the top drama. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t quite fall in love with it. It didn’t touch me the way Sweet Fall did.

Sweet Fall was a very special book in my opinion. It took a couple of really tough topics, eating disorders and gang activity, and melded them together seamlessly. Each topic received the attention it was due along with some really great insight into what dealing with those issues involves. I was so impressed with the way Tillie Cole portrayed something she knew so much about. Her strength in sharing her innermost thoughts was commendable. Another thing I loved about Sweet Fall was its first person, dual point of view narration. So many insights were gained through the characters’ thoughts and actions.

Lexi was a girl trying to conquer her deepest fears and secrets. On the outside, she was a bright and bubbly goth cheerleader. On the inside, she was just trying to make it through the day. Lexi didn’t want anyone to discover what she was hiding and took lengths to make sure they didn’t. The only person she was able to share her true self with was the one person she knew she shouldn’t: Austin.

Austin’s football greatness may have him on the way to the NFL, but first he has to outrun his gangster past. He’s given up that lifestyle to play college ball, but the lifestyle is hard to escape when it had a hold of his family back home. There are so many pressures Austin’s dealing with, and shockingly, the only one he can find comfort in is the last person he should: Lexi.

I loved Lexi and Austen together. Both had battles to fight, and I loved the strength they gave each other. Their connection to each other was perfect. Everything Lexi and Austen shared with each other was special and their stories were inspiring. Every moment of their story felt important, and I can only imagine it touched a lot of readers.

Sweet Fall was a special novel that deserves high praise. It’s one I would recommend to readers who like a sweet love story filled with tough issues and a little bit of angst. Reading the first book in the series, Sweet Home, is not necessary, but it would be helpful because there are some spoilers to that book in this one.

Review: Every Little Thing by Marie Force

Every Little Thing
Series: Butler, Vermont, #1
Author: Marie Force
Publication Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: HTJB, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Synopsis:

Grayson Coleman has just moved home to Butler, Vermont after spending years working for a high-powered law firm in Boston. He’s looking for a simpler, less stressful existence in the sleepy little mountain town where he grew up with his siblings and Abbott cousins. Once the holidays are over, he plans to hang out a shingle and open a new general law practice. After helping to raise his seven younger siblings, the last thing on Grayson’s mind is a family of his own.
Emma Mulvaney is enjoying a break from her reality as a busy single mother in New York City while she and her adorable daughter, Simone, spend the holidays in Vermont with Emma’s sister, Lucy, and Lucy’s future in-laws, the Abbotts. After meeting Abbott cousin Grayson Coleman and talking to him for hours, Emma is nervous and excited to have dinner alone with him after sharing her deepest, most personal secrets with him.
Will that first night be the start of something new for the jaded lawyer and the selfless single mom or will a holiday week flirtation turn into something much bigger than either of them ever expected?
Come back to Butler, Vermont for more of the charming Abbott family, their matchmaking father and grandfather and of course, Fred the Moose.


Every Little Thing is a book for fans of Marie Force’s Green Mountain series. It may be labeled as the first book in the Butler Vermont, but it’s really Marie Force’s continuation of the Green Mountain series on her own terms.

Every Little Thing is written in Force’s traditional style of dual third person narrative. Most of the story is told from Grayson and Emma’s perspectives, but there are a few chapters of returning characters’ point of views to catch the reader up on their lives. Third person is not my favorite type of narration, but Marie Force is skilled at making it work for her characters and their stories. My only teeny tiny complaint about the narration in this story is the main characters sounded more mature than I expected. The characters were younger than me, but sounded older. I couldn’t quite identify with the way they spoke. Maybe it’s an East Coast versus West Coast thing. I’m not quite sure.

Emma and Grayson’s whirlwind romance was sweet. They knew from almost the moment they met that there was something tangible between them. They acted quickly on that feeling and found an even deeper connection than they expected. Unfortunately, they had a huge hurdle in front of their possible relationship with the distance in their living arrangements. Emma and Grayson had to decide quickly if their instant connection was worth rearranging the lives they had planned for themselves.

While I found Emma and Grayson’s relationship sweet, I also found it a little too good to be true. Their instant spark felt a little forced to me. I couldn’t believe the lengths both of them were willing to go to after a week together. It wasn’t that I didn’t like them together, I just needed more time for them to truly fall for each other.

I enjoyed the updates on other Green Mountain friends and family, but I couldn’t help but wonder if those chapters took away time that could have been spent on Emma and Grayson’s developing relationship and their backstories. I love seeing them and hearing what they are up to, but there are now so many of them that I feel focus is stolen from the main characters. I would rather see these updates through the current character’s eyes — or have returning characters given another book entirely of their own.

Overall, Emma and Grayson’s romance was a fun return to Butler, Vermont. I enjoyed getting to know them and learning their stories. I know fans of the Green Mountain series will love that it’s being continued and catching up with their old friends.

Top Ten Tuesday: Lucky I’m in Love with My Best Friend

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is All About Romance Tropes/Types. I decided to go with Lucky I’m in Love with My Best Friend to celebrate some of my favorite best friends to lovers romances.


1. sincerely, Carter
whitney g.

2. blurred lines
lauren layne

3. i only have eyes for you
bella andre

4. on the fence
kasie west

5. adorkable
Cookie o’gorman

6. big rock
lauren blakely

7. appealed
emma chase

8. the start of me and you
emery lord

10. crushed
lauren Layne